Dodgers: Biggest Position Battles to Watch This Spring
Back End of the Rotation
I’ve talked about solving the rotation questions in an article last week. The more news that comes out of Spring Training the less likely they are to throw Urias in the fourth slot of the rotation.
According to David Vassegh, it’s looking more likely that we will not see Urias in the majors until March at the earliest! Should those reports be true, the move is primarily to save Urias’ innings for the postseason stretch.
We already know about the top half of the rotation. Barring any injuries, the rotation will likely be Kershaw, Hill, Maeda, Kazmir, McCarthy. With Ryu and Urias starting the season in the minors and Wood starting the season out of the bullpen.
McCarthy is really looking to have a healthy season for his first time with the Dodgers. Kazmir was productive last year and looks to eat up innings while we wait for Urias to take his spot in the rotation. Both have been plagued by injuries and are average even at their best.
The Dodgers have a lot of depth in their rotation and their rotation may get even better with time. The only concern for me here is if we use up all of Urias’ innings before the postseason.
Next: Addressing the Starting Rotation Questions
Julio Urias, Alex Wood